Big prizes for little writers
LEARNING to read and write are important skills for any Prep–Year 2 class and for Wallangarra State School, this learning led to the school winning $1000 of books.
The class came third in the RACQ writing competition which was part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Students were required to write a story about a RACQ character, such as Tony the Tow Truck driver, which showed creative writing skills in an age-appropriate way.
Class teacher Rachael Walker said it was the perfect way for students to have fun while learning.
“Teachers like myself actually look for these opportunities for the advantage for the kids, so we use it for learning and we learnt through it,” Mrs Walker said.
“At the same time they might win a prize and that’s motivation in itself.
“We got learning from this competition as much as we used learning to try and win the competition.”
The students went through a short-listing process, with help from the principal, before drawing illustrations to go alongside the top five stories.
“Our actual writing process went from thinking of ideas, to writing, to editing, (short-listing) just kind of added an extra step that you could explain to the
Literacy is high on our agenda, it’s hitting the mark for exactly where you want your dollars spent in a school.
— Teacher Rachael Walker
kids,” Mrs Walker said.
She said the biggest highlight was how the prize would benefit the whole 78-student school.
“It does equate to more than what we do normally in our spending on books, it’s amazing really.
“I use them in class but they will become library books so the kids will have free reign of borrowing them.
“Literacy is high on our agenda, it’s hitting the mark for exactly where you want your dollars spent in a school. It will just promote their learning in a very important area.”
The class is entered into one other writing contest.
The stories and illustrations are on display at RACQ, Stanthorpe.
YOUNG WRITERS: (back, from left) Ryder Waugh, teacher Rachael Walker, Beau Springborg. (front) Briana Leonard, Hannah Godfrey and Lucas Ho.